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Regularisations and employment in Spain. REGANE Assessment Report


  • Baldwin-Edwards, Martin


This report presents the results from the collection of background information, interviews with experts and stakeholders conducted in Barcelona and Madrid in May 2013, and qualitative semi-structured interviews with migrants in these two regions of Spain. Section one provides an overview of Spain’s relatively recent emergence as a major receiver of labour immigration, along with policy responses and outcomes. The succeeding section details the current policy on regularisation (changed in 2011) and also presents the most detailed statistics available on policy outcomes, for Spain as a whole, by region, and also recent detailed data provided by the Government of Catalunya. Some older data, concerning the period 2006-2010 are also presented for Catalunya, since these data reflect a regularisation policy that has been seen as not operating with particularly good results. The third section provides in the first instance a summary of the more important literature concerning labour market outcomes of regularisations in Spain. This is followed by a synopsis of the results of the 20 interviews conducted with immigrants in Barcelona and Madrid. Some broad patterns are identified, along with tabular presentation of some major variables concerning the responses. The report concludes with some thoughts on the problematic of conducting large-scale surveys in Madrid and Barcelona to establish the impact of regularisations on the labour market and on immigrants themselves.

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  • Baldwin-Edwards, Martin, 2014. "Regularisations and employment in Spain. REGANE Assessment Report," MPRA Paper 59812, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:59812

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    1. Albert Sabater & Andreu Domingo, 2012. "A New Immigration Regularization Policy: The Settlement Program in Spain," International Migration Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(1), pages 191-220, March.
    2. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Miguel A. Malo & Fernando Muñoz-Bullón, 2013. "New Evidence on the Impact of Legal Status on Immigrant Labor Market Performance: The S panish Case," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 27(1), pages 93-113, March.
    3. Martin Baldwin‐Edwards, 1997. "The Emerging European Immigration Regime: Some Reflections on Implications for Southern Europe," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 35(4), pages 497-519, December.
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    1. Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina & Borra, Cristina & Rivera Garrido, Noelia, 2019. "Fertility Implications of Policy Granting Legal Status Based on Offspring's Nationality," IZA Discussion Papers 12641, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    immigrants employment irregularity labour market regularisation Spain ICMPD;

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    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • K4 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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